Marc-Andre Fleury is an Olympic gold medalist. That’s something you may have forgotten or overlooked, but the third-string guy on an Olympic championship team still wears gold around his neck. And Fleury was the No. 3 goalie for Canada in the 2010 Vancouver Games, although his presence on the roster was overshadowed by the Martin Brodeur vs. Roberto Luongo tangle for the crease. But he wasn’t invited for the Canada Olympic orientation camp last summer, among its most prominent snubs. From the Globe & Mail at the time: Fleury might not be the best goaltender on his own team, but he has won a Stanley Cup and would certainly be given a hard look if his first three months of the season are better than those of Luongo and Price. Fleury would be a high-risk, high-reward pick, given that he hasn’t had a playoff save percentage above .900 since 2009 but has never dipped below that point or had a goals-against average higher than 2.67 in the past six seasons. If he gets hot, his pedigree makes Fleury more likely to get a shot than [Mike] Smith or [Braden] Holtby. Well, Smith is scoring own-goals with his butt and Holtby is losing playing time to a rookie. Fleury’s outplayed them both, and another rival in Chicago Blackhawks’ goalie Corey Crawford, with a 2.13 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Those are some sterling stats. But they’re regular-season stats. And that’s the issue when it comes to Fleury: Since 2010, he's lost two playoff series and was pulled from another. His last two postseasons have been disastrous: a 4.63 GAA and a .834 save percentage against the Flyers, and a 3.52 GAA and a .883 save percentage vs. the Islanders and Boston.
Should Marc-Andre Fleury make Canadian Olympic cut?
Yahoo! Sports | Dec 24